Yorkshire Water is embarking on a £17 million project to modernise the Victorian water treatment works at Irton near the seaside resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. The project will enable the site to meet both the needs of future generations and stricter water quality standards.

First built in the 1880s, the Irton works treats water from an onsite borehole and supplies between 15 and 23 million litres of drinking water to customers and businesses in and around Scarborough every day. New processes to be introduced include a pesticide removal plant, and work has already commenced at the site to prepare the ground for .the new buildings.

Meanwhile, six tanks, each roughly the size of a hump backed whale (16m long), and ten granular activated carbon tanks are being built offsite ready for transportation to the site this Autumn.

Yorkshire Water Project Manager Jane Armstrong said: “We are trying to keep the impact on the community to a minimum by building the largest pieces of equipment offsite and transporting them to Irton.”

The seven-metre-high granular activated carbon tanks will remove organic constituents and impurities from the water using chemical absorption.

Civils company Morgan Sindall Sweco are in charge of designing, managing and constructing the new process plant. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2017, with commissioning complete in Summer 2018.